Affectionately called “Little Bohemia,” the West Village was once considered the epicenter of bohemian lifestyle for west siders. Though the area has moved on a bit from its bohemian roots, making room for things such as the residential towers designed by Richard Meier along the Hudson, there is still a quaint, small-town feel to most of the neighborhood. Tourists and locals alike flock for the unique shopping, delicious artisanal restaurants, and thriving art scene.
Since Vimbly loves the West Village, and we know you will too, you can use the promo code WESTVILLAGELOVE15 for 15% off any West Village activity you book for this weekend only (Friday 4/3 through Sunday 4/5). Awesome, right? But that’s not all. We want you to turn your Vimbly booked activity into a full day of fun, so before you attend your delicious Food Tour or start feeling a little silly from your Literary Pub Crawl, make sure to check out all the wonderful things the West Village has to offer. Like what? We’re glad you asked.
I’m down, but before I can do anything, I need coffee.
We got you. Stop by Joe Coffee. This is actually Joe’s original location, which was made popular because of it’s amazing coffee, cozy ambiance, and surprisingly available seating (it’s a miracle, right?). (Located at Waverly Pl and Gay Street.)
But I also need something in my stomach.
Lucky for you, the West Village is home to one of the best bagel places around: Murray’s Bagels. Get ready for the hand-made, traditional NY bagel you’ve been dreaming of. (Located at 6th Ave and 13th st.)
I need to get a unique gift for someone, and I’ve been struggling.
Stop in at Three Lives & Company bookstore. This place has been a staple of the neighborhood longer than anyone can remember. The staff are friendly and super knowledgeable. They will be happy to help you find the perfect book no matter what lies in their floor-to-ceiling shelving. (Located at Waverly Pl and W 10th St.)
If your friend is more of an adventurer than a bookworm, try Uncle Funky’s Boards and pick up a sweet new skateboard deck or check out their collection of vintage boards. (Located at Greenwich St and Charles St.)
If their a hat person (don’t we all wish we were), you can’t go wrong with a stylish bowler, sun hat, or fedora from Goorin Bros. (Located at Bleeker St between Christopher St and W 1oth St.)
Alright, enough shopping. Get me outside!
Check out the High Line. The High Line is a public park that was built on top of some out-of-use, elevated train tracks. It opened in 2009 and has been bringing some much needed greenery to NYC ever since. (Entrance located on Gansevoort Street between 10th and 12th Avenues.)
You can also walk along Hudson River Park. Aside from a beautiful view of the New Jersey skyline across the river, you’ll also find people participating in an array of sports and recreational activities, including boating, volleyball, and biking. (Located just past West St along the Hudson River.)
Its been a long time since that bagel…
Refuel! Head over to Murray’s Cheese Bar for fresh cheeses plucked right from their cheese caves beneath Bleecker Street. Stop by for a cheese plate to tide you over or stay for a full meal of baked, grilled, or melted cheese dishes with wine and craft beer. (Located on Bleecker St between Morton St and Cornelia St.)
I was thinking something a little more, sweet.
We’re pickin’ up what you’re throwing down. Head over to ROYCE’ Chocolate. This isn’t your average chocolate shop; this is how Japan does chocolate. And they are gracious enough to host complimentary tastings every day. (Located at Bleecker St and Cornelia St.)
Or you can always hit up the now infamous Magnolia Bakery and indulge in a few mouthwatering cupcakes. (Located at Bleecker St and W 11th St.)
I’m thinking it’s time to get a lil cultured.
If you want the latest and greatest of independent films, head over to the IFC Center. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter staring Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) is playing, or you can choose from a host of other awesome films. (Located at 6th Ave and W 4th St.)
More in the mood for an awesome play but wanting a unique off-broadway experience? Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay helped found Cherry Lane Theater in 1924, and it remains the oldest continuously operating off-Broadway theater. (Located on Commerce St between Barrow St and Bedford St.)
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
Subtly make your way into the swanky Employees Only speakeasy, and enjoy some of the finest crafted cocktails around. (Located on Hudson St between W 10th St and Christopher St.)
Want something more historic? The Ear Inn is located in the historic James Brown House (which has been around since the late 18th Century), and it’s one of the oldest bars in Manhattan. (Located at Greenwich St and Spring St.)
Hey, I liked that whole historical thing. More please?
Of course! The St. Luke in the Fields Church is a beautiful Episcopal church founded in 1820 on farmland donated by Trinity Church. (Located at Hudson St and Christopher St.)
The Stonewall Inn is a gay tavern and recreational bar, most famous as the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, one of the most important events leading up to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States. (Located at Stonewall Pl and 7th Ave S.)
The Westbeth Artists Community is a nonprofit housing and commercial complex that has been dedicated to providing affordable living and working space for artists and arts organizations since the 1970s. It was here that the first talking movie, the condenser microphone, the first TV broadcast, and the first binary computer were all demonstrated. (Located at Washington St and Bethune St.)
Alright, now it’s time for some real grub.
American food made with the freshest ingredients? Take a seat at Westville. (Located at Hudson St and Charlton St.)
Unique and delicious sushi? Roll on over to Sushi Nakazawa. (Located at Commerce St between Bedford St and 7th Ave S.)
Falafel it to me? You’ll feel like Taïm was put here just for you. (Located at Waverly Pl between W 11th St and Perry St.)
Seasonal British & Italian fare? The Spotted Pig. You won’t regret trying the burger. (Located at W 11th St and Greenwich St.)
Time to dance off that dinner?
Head over to the The Village Vanguard for some smooth jams. This jazz club was opened back in 1935 by Max Gordon. Famous names like Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, and other greats have all graced this stage. (Located at 7th Ave S and Perry St.)
Now that you have a jam packed list of things to do this weekend, be sure book your Vimbly activity, invite some friends, and make your way over to the West Village. Remember: apply the promo code WESTVILLAGELOVE15 anytime in the next couple days for 15% off activities happening this Friday – Sunday, only in the West Village.